I’ve been writing this blog for several years and I have to say it’s sometimes tough to come up with a new topic each and every day. However, as long as writers continue to write stories about cops and crime, I suppose there’ll always be questions that need answering.
Today, though, I thought I’d put the shoe on a different foot and have you answer a few questions. I want to see just how much you know about the world of cops and robbers. After all, it’s what you write…right?
So here goes…
(By the way, I’ve seen each of these used incorrectly in at least one book, or on someone’s blog)
1. Revolvers eject spent brass with each pull of the trigger. False
2. Thermal imagers can “see” through black garbage bags, allowing officers to identify the contents without opening the bag. True. Objects inside black poly bags are clearly visible.
3. How many locks are on a pair of handcuffs? Two locks for each cuff. One locks automatically as the cuffs are closed. The second must be manually locked using a key.
4. Speed Loaders are competition shooters who are extremely skilled at loading their weapons in a very short amount of time. False. Go HERE to see speed loaders.
5. Vehicles almost always explode when hit by gunfire. False. You’ve been watching far too much TV.
6. DNA evidence is used to convict defendants in nearly every case. False.
7. The FBI investigates all kidnapping cases. False. Local police investigate abduction cases all the time. Again, you’ve been watching too much TV.
8. Kevlar vests worn by officers are designed to stop punctures from knives and other sharp objects. False. However, there are vests designed to protect against sharp instrument attacks. These are typically found in jail and prison environments.
9. Are cops required to advise a suspect of Miranda (you have the right to…etc.) at the moment of arrest? False, only when suspects are in custody AND prior to questioning. No questioning = no advisement of Miranda. Some departments may have policies that require Miranda advisement at the time of arrest, but I’ve never encountered one.
10. Are police officers required by law (in every state) to wear seat belts while operating a police car? No, some states do not require officers to wear seat belts. The same is true for some delivery drivers and letter carriers.
11. Are all deputy sheriffs sworn police officers? No. Typically, deputies who work in the jails are not police officers.
12. Some California sheriffs also serve as county coroner. True
13. Small town police departments never investigate murder cases. False. All police officers are trained to investigate crimes, and small town officers investigate homicides all the time.
14. Robbery and burglary are synonymous. False. They are not the same, not even close.
Robbery occurs when a crook uses physical force, threat, or intimidation to steal someone’s property. If the robber uses a weapon the crime becomes armed robbery, or aggravated robbery, depending on local law. There is always a victim present during a robbery.
For example, you are walking down the street and a guy brandishes a handgun and demands your money. That’s robbery.
Burglary is an unlawful entry into any building with the intent to commit a crime. Normally, there is no one inside the building when a burglary occurs. No physical breaking and entering is required to commit a burglary. A simple trespass through an open door or window, and the theft of an item or items, is all that’s necessary to meet the requirements to be charged with burglary.
For example, you are out for the night and someone breaks into your home and steals your television. That’s a burglary. Even if you are at home asleep in your bed when the same crime occurs, it’s a burglary because you weren’t actually threatened by anyone.
15. Narcotics dogs are fed small amounts of cocaine at an early age to get them used to the drug. False. Drug dogs are NEVER fed drugs of any type. Instead, they’re showered with love and playtime, and lots of it.
16. Shotguns and rifles are basically synonymous. False. Two totally different animals.
17. It’s fairly easy to knock someone unconscious with a quick blow to the back of the head or neck. False.
18. No one has ever escaped from death row. False.
19. CornerShot is a bendable device that allows officers to shoot around corners. True. Read about CornerShot HERE.
20. Cops are trained to aim for arms, legs, and/or to shoot a knife or gun from a suspect’s hand. False. Officers are taught to shoot center mass of their target. It is extremely difficult to hit small, moving targets while under duress. Again, officers DO NOT shoot hands, legs, elbows, or weapons (well, not on purpose).
21. Officers always shoot to kill. FALSE!! Police officers are NEVER trained to “shoot to kill.” Instead, they’re taught to stop the threat. When the threat no longer exists the shooting stops, if it ever starts. Often, the threat ceases before shots are fired.
22. Registration for Writers’ Police Academy opens on February 14, 2015 (Valentines Day). True
23. 2015 WPA attendees will have the opportunity to fire real guns. True
24. 2015 WPA attendees will experience the most exciting WPA ever produced. True
25. You will attend the 2015 Writers’ Police Academy. We certainly hope so!!